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Beauty Awakened: Angels of the Dark, Book 2

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Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling author Gena Showalter returns with another captivating Angels of the Dark tale, as a tormented warrior is brought to his knees by the most delicate of humans.

His name is Koldo. He is scarred, powerful, his control legendary - and he lives only for vengeance against the angel who viciously removed his wings. But if he yields to the forces of hatred, he will be eternally damned.

Nicola Lane was born with a defective heart, yet this fragile human shows surprising strength as demons stalk her every move, determined to end her. She is the key to Koldo' deliverance...and his downfall. Though he fights duty, destiny, and his first addictive taste of desire, his toughest battle will be the one for Nicola's life - even if he has to sacrifice his own....

©2013 Gena Showalter (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 03-04-13
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 03-04-13 Member Since 2016

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "Awesomelicious - it's happy & sad as good vs bad"

    If you're not really a fan of the paranormal/romance genre, and you don't like a passion filled plot that has funny one-liners given by some brilliant loveable characters such as the hero - a sexy tortured tormented fragile virgin whose destiny is to fall in love with an equally fragile tormented heroine that's being stalked by death - which has heartbreaking consequences. Or, if you dislike a storyline that's filled with thrills, action and adventure but is also tender, touching and full of personal sacrifice - then go no further and stop reading this review - BUT, for those of you who do.......

    Then you're in for a treat as I am sure you're really going to enjoy GS's second fantastical instalment about the lives of an imperfect group of Angels that have been given another chance at redemption of their past sins before they fall from grace. However, in order to be redeemed they must make amends which involves fighting evil in the form of minions, demons and any ungodly creature that GS's talented mind can throw into the mix to give us a good mental visualisation of each of the addictive paranormal encounters.

    This could be a stand alone listen (but come on - why deny yourselves), there's sexual chemistry but it only has one mild sex scene in it and the book has a clear message that positive thinking can, and did, work magic.

    Worth a credit? It's a YES, yippee and it was a yabberdabberdoo time listen....... and I'm hoping for many many more.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanah_99 03-20-13
    Jeanah_99 03-20-13 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A + for Gena and Max"

    Once again G, Showalter does a great job of making us feel for her characters. This book has everything including the ability to make me stop another read to finish this one.

    Story of Kaldo and his journey to find love and happiness or rather it finds him. Overcoming so much hate and resentment.


    Max Bellmore adds such feeling!

    This is well worth the credit!

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    Vicki Irving, Texas, United States 06-14-13
    Vicki Irving, Texas, United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointing Follow-On to Book 1"

    I am a huge Gena Showalter fan, and I loved book 1 (Wicked Nights) and was very excited to listen to Koldo's story. Koldo is such an amazing character - powerful, scarred, complex, deep, totally HOT. The heroine, Nicola was a total disappointment - weak, pathetic, sickly, fragile. She did not gain any character or interest until the last chapter of the book, and then suddenly she turns into a superhero - NOT believable. There was just no way I could buy that a strong character like Koldo could find any interest in a weak character like Nicola. It totally fell flat and there was NO chemistry between the characters. Also, I'm not sure what Showalter has going on in her personal life, but this book had a lot of religious overtones, and it felt like she was preaching to us in every chapter. It is a total 180 from Lords of the Underworld. Despite this, I'll still listen to the next book in the series.. I just hope it is more like Book 1!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    kathy 03-29-13
    kathy 03-29-13 Member Since 2009

    must read: darynda jones, Karen moning, Ilona Andrews, kim harrison, gena showalter, Karen chance,patricia briggs,jeaniene frost ,L taylor,

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    "really good but..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, i would recommend this series. this is the second book in the series, i really like the action and the characters that gena showalter writes about. I really like the romance...BUT i guess i am so used to the lords of the underworld series being so romantic AND sexy that i felt after all the build up when they main characters finally got together it fell flat. the romance of the characters and the story was very present and i love that, the characters themselves are sexy, the build up is so fun, i just thought compared to the other books it was almost a side note, in this one, the final get together wasn't epic.
    i still love the series and the world gena showalter brings to life and will wait anxiously for the next. worth the credit!!


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    leaves you anxiously waiting for the next book


    Which character – as performed by Max Bellmore – was your favorite?

    hard to say, he REALLY does a great job with the male voices!


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 03-27-13
    Teresa NAMPA, ID, United States 03-27-13 Member Since 2016

    Hello, my name is Teresa and I'm an addict.

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    "Where can I get an angel robe?"

    Although I like the LOTU series better, this series is good too. Another tortured soul in need of some loving. I laughed and I cried, I only wished it had better sex scenes but was moved by what Koldo has learns and what he is willing to sacrifice for his woman. I enjoyed watching Nicola learn to be strong and let go of the darkness in her life. Max Bellmore does it again. He has a rich sexy voice that is very easy on the ears. If you like Gena Showalter I recommend reading Sherrilyn Kenyon Dark Hunter series and Thea Harrison Elder series.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Aimee SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 03-10-13
    Aimee SACRAMENTO, CA, United States 03-10-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Nothing exceptional here"

    After reading Book 1 in this series, I was interested in Coldo's story. However, there was just something lacking in the telling. Parts of the book moved extremely slowly. I was also a little turned off by some of the religious/faith analogies and had a hard time with some of the character development. For instance, the 'heroine' who started out a pitiful, weak mess miraculously, and completely out of nowhere in the final chapter, becomes something resembling an Anita Blake. Sorry, just not buying it. Overall, this is one of those books I put down and will never read or think about again.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    roseystone 07-29-16
    roseystone 07-29-16 Member Since 2014
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    "great"

    I'm so glad I had this to listen too while I'm waiting on the next release of lords of the Underworld!

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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-15-16
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-15-16 Member Since 2011

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Really good addition to the series :D"

    4-4.5 stars

    This was a really good story. I really liked Nicola and Koldo and enjoyed their story very much.

    Nicola is a nice woman with a bad heart. Nicola and her identical twin, Laila, we born with heart defects and they've lived their whole lives trying to do nothing to strain themselves for fear of making themselves weaker and dying earlier. Nicola is doing ok but Laila has spiralled down and is on death's door when the story begins.

    Koldo is a "Sent One" which is a heavenly race that are similar to angels. During his early childhood, Koldo was raised by his mother, who hated him (for reasons revealed much later in the book) and treated him horribly. When she got fed up with him, she dropped him off at his father's camp and Koldo's father was not a nice man. He forced Koldo to do horrible things and by the time Koldo was rescued he was pretty much feral. Koldo was taken in and eventually became somewhat adjusted, becoming a warrior in one of the Sent One armies.

    Koldo first sees Nicola when he's sent to a hospital to kill a demon that's been plaguing a patient there. He happens upon Nicola while she's visiting her sister and sees that she has 2 demons following her, whispering evil things to her that would causing negative emotions that the demons then feed off of. Nicola wasn't the person Koldo was sent to help but she catches his interest and he finds he wants to help her. He soon meets up with her and initiates a conversation that leads into coffee. While they talk, Koldo starts to teach Nicola how embracing fear and other negative emotions can allow sickness to fester but with the right attitude, she could possibly recover completely. Nicola isn't sure whether to believe Koldo or not but when he flashes (teleports) away from their meeting, she realizes he's not human and there's more out there than she ever realized. Now that Nicola understands the world is much more complex than she thought, she starts to believe Koldo and is determined to work on surviving.

    The one issue is Nicola's sister. She's dying and Nicola can't handle that so she asks Koldo if there's anything he can do to help. He manages to find a way but warns her that the repreve is only temporary and it's unlikely she'll survive more than a couple weeks. Koldo decides to spend time with Nicola, teaching her more about how to improve her life and health. At first, Koldo doesn't think his feelings for Nicola are loving type feelings but the longer he spends with her, the more he finds himself wanting more than friendship with her. Nicola is happy with Koldo wanting more because she's pretty much had the hots for him since they met and his kindness since has helped her initial lust grow into something deeper. Koldo has a lot to deal with outside of Nicola though...namely his father and mother, both of whom cause much drama in his life. Thankfully, despite demon attacks and other issues, Koldo and Nicola are able to work through blockages to their relationship and gain something good together, ending the story starting a well deserved HEA.

    This was a really enjoyable story. I really liked Nicola and thought she was a pretty good heroine. I thought Koldo was a great hero. He had his issues but deep down, he was just a big teddy bear that just wanted someone to truly love him. I just wanted to hug him! Overall, the story was very good and I liked the characters so I'd recommend this story. :D

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    Redspikes 02-26-16
    Redspikes 02-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Max Bellmore"

    Someone give this poor man a glass of water! I LOVE this series. I read it long before I bought the audible version. Max does great with different voices, excitement where the story needs an exciting voice but he talks like he has a sever dry mouth. Maybe he clicks his tongue while talking? I'm not sure but it's one of my pet peeves. I had to play the book on 2X speed so I didn't hear the sound. GREAT book, bad choice of narrator.

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    Rebecca Munjak 05-22-15
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    "Great series"

    Great book and wonderful continuing tale of Kaldo.
    Hope to see another book in the series soon.

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